Have you heard this one before?
The Tampa Bay Lightning get off to a terrible start. They do not score enough. Ben Bishop plays a good game but loses. They lose when they had a chance to get back into the playoff race.
Yeah, so what else is new?
The Lightning lost a 3-1 game to Calgary Tuesday night, getting off to a poor start and, in the words of coach Jon Cooper, “chasing the game” the rest of the way. Steven Stamkos scored with 1:39 to play to avoid the second straight shutout by former Lightning goalie Karri Ramo, who has stopped 56 of 57 shots over his last two games. Ramo stopped 30 of 31 Tuesday night.
For the Flames, Matt Stajan and David Jones scored goals. Lance Bouma scored an empty netter to finish things off.
The Lightning fell to 11th place in the conference, three slots out of the playoffs.
“The guys have to dig in their heels and say ‘enough,’” said coach Jon Cooper. “We’ve got get out of this win one, lose one, win two, lose one. Every team around us goes on one run. Our longest win streak has been three games. It’s two steps forward and one step back. We’ve got to go on a run.”
The Lightning play Edmonton Friday night and Vancouver Saturday.